Lusaka, Wednesday, 12 September 2018: Zambian stakeholders from the government and civil society have committed to establish a mechanism that will address forecasted drivers for the COMESA Peace and Prosperity Index (CPPI).

The CPPI is a composite index that consists of four indicators namely Peace, Health, Wealth and Trade Openness derived from Article 3 of the COMESA Treaty.

The various policy makers and technical officials met in Lusaka from 3rd to 7th September to review the top priority drivers for Zambia as depicted under the different clusters of the COMESA Early Warning System (COMWARN) Structural Vulnerability Assessments (SVAs) model.

The African Union Continental Early Warning System participated in this consultative workshop and presented the Continental Structural Conflict Prevention Framework.

In its endeavor to strengthen the dissemination of early warning reports and response from Member States, COMESA Secretariat through the Governance, Peace and Security Unit will be carrying out consultations on the SVAs in Member States. Zambia becomes the second country to host these consultations after Uganda.

The Zambia SVA workshop was attended by participants from various Government Ministries including Foreign Affairs, Planning and Development, Finance, Education, Labour, the Anti-Corruption Commission, the Human Rights Commission and Civil Society organisations.

The participants recommended that Zambia accedes to the AU conflict prevention and mitigation process which will see the country have a situation room installed.

During the workshop, it was resolved that a response mechanism to be coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs should be established. A Steering and technical Committee will also be formed which will oversee implementation and help disseminate the CPPI forecasted drivers to the grassroots.

The COMWARN SVA model is theory-informed, data-driven and evidence-based assessment of structural vulnerability. It uses the CPPI to track structural factors to peace and prosperity, both at the COMESA region and at the Member State level.

The index offers a timely diagnosis of forecasted structural drivers associated with future peace and prosperity.